The Kanaka Environmental Education Partnership Society (KEEPS) is a not for profit volunteer run society established in 1998 dedicated to the welfare of the Kanaka Creek watershed. We oversee the running of the Bell-Irving Hatchery and run public events, education programs and informal interaction with the public, we educate and inspire thousands of children and adults.
With 2000+ volunteer hours each year, Bell-Irving Hatchery has production targets of 340,000 chum eggs, 80,000 coho eggs, and 260,000 pink eggs. Apart from enhancing Kanaka Creek and a dozen other streams, there are 3000+ elementary students who receive our chum eggs to raise and release each year as a part of the Salmonids in the Classroom program. 30,000 of our coho are marked for retention in the sport fishery and over 100,000 of our chum are released to supplement the ceremonial, food, and commercial fisheries on the Fraser River.
KEEPS would like to thank our supporters for their financial contributions that allow us to continue to serve the people of Maple Ridge and the Lower Mainland!
Pump House Replacement Project 2022
The planning has been completed and we are beginning the process to replace our old wooden pump house with a new container! Many thanks to our project spawnsers, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Department of Fisheries, and Metro Vancouver! More news to come as the project progresses.
Coho ($6,000 +)
Department of Fisheries
Pacific Salmon Foundation
City of Maple Ridge